Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Increasing Walking and Cycling in Cities Roundtable

Increasing walking and cycling
Walking and cycling have extensive, documented and robust benefits for mobility, health and liveability. Despite this, the uptake of active mobility varies widely between countries, even when considering similar urban contexts. This ITF Roundtable, held on 28-29 November 2022, aimed to formulate targeted advice to national and other policy makers on effectively framing and deploying pro-active mobility measures that contribute to four over-arching policy goals: equity, enjoyment, environment, and efficiency.

Roundtable participants reviewed the benefits of increased active mobility and addressed the societal and economic case for increasing active mobility in light of this evidence. They also took stock of policy interventions that contribute to maintaining or increasing walking and cycling across a wide range of contexts and starting points.

Participants also engaged in free-ranging discussions about the primacy of infrastructure in increasing active mobility; the factors that explain high levels of walking or cycling in particular contexts; effective pro-active mobility policies that account for local contexts and different starting points; and how to equitably distribute the benefits of active mobility policies while safeguarding citizens’ participation in urban life.

This Roundtable was part of the ITF’s 2022-23 Programme of Work. A report summarising the issues discussed during the Roundtable was published in 2024. 


Chair's Summary

Lake Sagaris, Chair of the ITF Increasing Walking and Cycling in Cities Roundtable